Guide to the Papers of Janet Shaw [MSS 343]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Janet Shaw
Manuscript Number MSS 343
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts and manuscripts of short stories written for In this house by Janet Shaw

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Scope and Content

This collection relates to author Janet Shaw and contains drafts and manuscripts for short stories with some annotations, ultimately published in In this house (1990)

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Biographical Note

Janet Shaw was born in 1959 in Melbourne and began writing in 1981 during her first and only year of secondary teaching. Along with teaching creative writing, Shaw has published short stories for children and adults in anthologies and magazines, winning multiple awards including the ‘Writers for the young’ fellowship in 1983, and the Judah Waten story writing competition in 1987. In 1990 she published In this house, a collection of 18 short stories about home and the need to belong

Austlit : Janet Shaw retrieved 16 October 2020

Oxford Reference : Shaw, Janet retrieved 16 October 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Janet Shaw, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 343, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


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Subject Keywords



Janet Shaw 1959- — Archives

Australian short stories — 20th century

Personal Names

Janet Shaw 1959-




Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Drafts of short stories for In this house, handwritten and typewritten, annotated:


Tapping the mosaic



[Beer and cakes]

All the colours


Folder 2

Drafts of short stories for In this house, handwritten and typewritten, annotated:

Understand this fear


[A proper family]

A nice thing

Breathing up to heaven

‘Road house’ (first version) retitled Someone else running

‘Roadhouse No. 2’ - ‘Without wasting time’ retitled Someone else running

Folder 3

Typewritten, annotated manuscript of In this house, copyright 1989

Folder 4

Typewritten copy of Going the wrong way and other stories, copyright 1989

Folder 5

Typewritten short stories from In this house:

Someone else running

Understand this fear


Tapping the mosaic